Architects discuss influence versus copying

A recent symposium held at the Center of Architecture in New York addressed the issue of copyright law applied to architecture. Symposium members explored the difference between architects being influenced by past buildings, and copying them.

Architecture that wins prizes is innovative, creative and unique. Many of the buildings that are not candidates for awards have similar styles. Not every building needs to look original, but symposium speakers looked at how much you can copy existing buildings.

A case for the courts

The Architecture Works Copyright Act has been pas